The aim of this course is to give the student the ability to:
-acquire the basic principles ofbiological sciences and methods.
-learn and apply an evolutionary logic and perspective to interpreting the biological phenomena at different levels of organization (molecular, cellular, organismic)
-understand the correlation between structure and function at the different organizational levels.
-Acquire a biological perspective to the analysis of human behavior
Course contents summary
1. Evolution, consequences and adaptive significance of sexual reproduction. Parental Investment and sexual selection.
2. Origins and evolution of life on Earth. Procaryotic cells and evolution ofEucaryotic cells and methazoa. Evolution, consequences and adaptive significance of sexual reproduction. Evolution of Vertebrates. Evolutionary trends in Primates. Human evolution. The evolution and consequences ofbipedal locomotion in Ominids.
3. Biological Basis of human behavior: Basic concepts of genetic and evolution of behavior.